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It’s all on your doorstep when you stay with us – from world-class sailing, wild swimming and paddle boarding to fishing, coasteering and kayaking. For the ultimate adventure, how about back-to-nature fun with Gylly Adventures watersports? Simply speak to us about booking a private lesson or tour, and choose to launch straight from The Greenbank’s private pontoons or from Gyllyngvase beach. 

Or take to the water for a morning or afternoon with Falmouth School of Sailing. Even better, as a guest you will save 15% when you quote GREENBANK.


The Fal River is made up of a unique system of waterways which stretch from Truro to Falmouth. Cruise through the Carrick Road estuary to the Roseland peninsula, Truro or St Mawes – we can arrange it all for you. Just ask our reception team about water taxis from our pontoons, luxury yacht charters, and our exclusive Fal River Mussel Card discounts.

Or if you fancy the independence of hiring your own boat, our guests can enjoy 10% discount with Falmouth Boat Hire. You don’t need any prior experience – we’ll give you full instructions and a trusty map, and we’re on the end of the phone for your entire trip.

With so many things to do on and off shore, you'll be spoilt for choice. See our ideas below and check out our on shore guide too!


Falmouth Water Taxi

Take a trip into town, over to a neighbouring harbour, or up the river with Falmouth Water Taxis. Book a pick-up straight from our private quay in most tides, and many other destinations around Falmouth.



The Greenbank sits right on the water's edge of the Fal River and Falmouth Harbour. Explore the river with a Fal Mussel Card and disvoer gorgeous gardens, coastal walks and hidden havens along the way! Please call 01326 312440 or talk to our reception team about our special discounts for guests.

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Sail around Falmouth Bay and over to thee Helford River on Olympus. Kick back, relax and enjoy the scenery, or take to the helm, handle the ropes and hoise the sails under guidance of the team. We offer our guests discounted rates on this unique sailing experience.

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Falmouth School of Sailing

Learn to sail in Falmouth

Take to the water for a morning or afternoon, and learn the basics of sailing and powerboating at both slow and high speed. Manoeuvre through small creeks around Falmouth and see some of the beauties of not only the harbour but the surrounding area. Or sit back and relax whilst exploring Carrick Road's creeks, with your very own skippered charter. Our guests can enjoy 15% off when quoting Greenbank.

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Gylly Adventures

Head to Gyllyngvase beach to try your hand at all manner of watersports such as paddle boarding, kayaking, coasteering, bush craft and surfing. Or choose to launch straight from our private pontoons with a private lesson or group tour. Also coming this summer - sunset and sunrise paddle board yoga sessions.

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Falmouth Boat Hire

Falmouth Boat Hire

Experience the calm and tranquility of the River Fal. Any worries will drift away with the salty fresh air, the kids adore it, and you'll relish spotting some of the amazing wildlife in the estuary. You don’t need any prior experience - we give you full instructions and a map, and we are on the end of a phone for your entire trip. Our guests qualify for 10% discount when booking online by quoting Greenbank, or ask at reception.

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St Mawes Water Taxi

Come for a blast aboard “Paramour” – an eight passenger fast RIB, completely refurbished and repowered in 2017. If you’re planning an evening in St Mawes, why take the car when you can be collected by boat from our pontoons? Step aboard and be whisked away in style, arriving at the harbour in a mere 15 minutes. Trips to the Helford, Mylor and more are also available.

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Cornwall Fishing Adventures

Experience a taste of sea fishing from the beautiful Falmouth coastline! Your bait and tackle is all provided for you, and the day will end with cooking up a little taste of the day's catch when possible. Greenbank guests enjoy 10% discount on all trips and can be taken anywhere in the Falmouth area from the shore.

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Orca Sea Safaris

Enjoy wildlife watching and coastal safaris in some of the UK’s most stunning waters. Leaving from Falmouth on the purpose-built "Seaquest," these trips take in the spectacular sights of the Carrick Roads. While seeing animals can never be guaranteed, a huge array of species visit the area including dolphins, seals, whales, seabirds and basking sharks.

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Falmouth Bay Charters

Ron and Mary Coote aim to share their love of the sea and unforgettable Cornish surroundings with you. Breathe in the fresh coastal air and let them make you feel at home aboard the First Adventure. Whether you'd like a day, half day or couple of hours - the choice is yours. Our guests enjoy a 10% discount on these trips when quoting Greenbank.

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Sowena Charter

Fancy a leisurely trip up the picturesque River Fal or a day trip to Fowey for a spot of lunch? Or how about rewarding your clients or staff with a trip to remember on-board this luxury 42 foot Princess motor yacht? Sowena can take up to ten passengers, plus two crew.

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Falmouth Motorboat Charters

Welcome aboard Windana. The cruising ground is varied and you'll be safe in the hands of the skipper who will show you the spectacular south coast of Cornwall. Your charter can be arranged to stop for lunch at one of the many riverside pubs, or you can bring your own food and be anchored off a sandy beach to enjoy lunch on board.

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